Production freighter orders disappear in 2017

Today we begin a two-part summary of the production freighter market in 2017 with an overview of orders and deliveries, our thoughts on why orders have all but disappeared, and when they might return. 2017 was the best year in a long time for the air freight industry. Full-year data is not yet available, but […]
  • David Harris
  • January 10, 2018

New and converted freighter orders to start the year

With 2018 barely over one week old, we can already report freighter orders from two airlines. First, Boeing has now confirmed that Turkish Airlines placed an order for three 777Fs. 2017 was the best year in a long time for the air freight industry, but despite the growth in 2017, and optimism about demand in […]
  • David Harris
  • January 9, 2018

China’s domestic cargo traffic rose only slightly in 2017

During the final week of 2017, Feng Zhenglin, the director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China told delegates at a conference in Beijing that the CAAC estimated air cargo volumes carried by China-based carriers rose 6.6% y-o-y in 2017, to 7.12 million tonnes, according to a report in Xinhua. Although there was no mention […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • January 8, 2018

Celebrating the New Year and Looking Ahead

The air cargo industry has just completed a banner year after a long, hard climb out of the depths of the Great Recession. ACMG, consulting sister company to Cargo Facts, expects the good news to continue, although 2017’s double-digit growth rates will subside to more sustainable levels in the new year. While the good fortune […]
  • Alan Hedge
  • January 5, 2018

YTO Airlines adds first 757F, introduces new livery

In mid-2017, Hangzhou-based YTO Airlines announced it would add its first 757-200PCF to its fleet before the year’s end. Although some were doubtful of the redelivery timeline, the aircraft (29217, ex-China Southern) was inducted for conversion by Precision Aircraft Solutions at the HAECO facility in Xiamen in 4Q17, and was redelivered during the last week […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • January 4, 2018

Record-breaking cargo volume in November

Two weeks ago, when we reported the strong air freight data posted by several of the big cargo carriers and airports in November, we predicted that WorldACD and IATA would show worldwide year-over-year air freight demand growth close to double digits for the month. We will have to wait for IATA, but WorldACD published its […]
  • David Harris
  • January 3, 2018

Driven by e-commerce, 2017’s peak arrived earlier, lasted longer

The growth of e-commerce around peak shopping season is no longer a new story, but 2017’s peak season did raise some eyebrows for getting off to an unusually early start, with sales from 1 November to 22 November up 17.9%, year-over-year in the United States, according to Internet Retailer’s report on the peak shopping season. […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • January 2, 2018

10 most-read stories on CargoFacts in 2017

With 2017 now in the history books, we take a look at the stories that drew the most attention from our readers in a year that turned out to be one of the best ever for our industry. 10: More Freighter Orders for Boeing. Despite the ever-increasing demand for air freight over the last two […]
  • David Harris
  • December 29, 2017
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